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    New to the forum from Maine.
    What are the differences between the NFO Assault and the Assault XX.
    I generally fish rivers with quick, class 1 and 2 water. Some dead water to get through. Been using kayaks. How much slower to row Assault compared to Paddling Kayak?
    Maybe being able to maneuver with fins is worth the tradeoff of speed on dead water. We have some shallow rivers with lots of rock.
    How often will we be patching and what patch do you prefer?
    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: NFO boat Assault or Assault XX ?

    Assualt is 1 person Assualt XX is 2 person, but does not have to be. awesome boats!

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    I have both. While infidel is right one is one and one is two, I can break that down a bit more. The Assault is 8' long. Narrower than the Renegade. Weighs about 26 lbs The XX is 10' long and the same width as the Renegade. In fact. it is like two renegade put nose to nose. Weighs about 38 lbs
    Renegade on top pf XX:


    The XX also has an inflated seat area in the front so will carry a lot more weight.


    The Assault is nice for hike ins but there is very little room behind the seat for gear. I can get a battery back there but that is it.

    In this picture you can see all the room behind the rowing seat on the XX. Also this is with the extra seat and trunk



    You can use the XX as a one man with ease. Plus you have tons of stowing space. Thee Assault is a great day tripper.

    You can put a motor on either one.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamagibs View Post
    New to the forum from Maine.
    I generally fish rivers with quick, class 1 and 2 water. Some dead water to get through. Been using kayaks. How much slower to row Assault compared to Paddling Kayak?
    Maybe being able to maneuver with fins is worth the tradeoff of speed on dead water. We have some shallow rivers with lots of rock.
    How often will we be patching and what patch do you prefer?
    Thanks for your help!
    I also fish rivers...more class I than II water. I used a sit-on-top yak for years. Belong to a kayak fishing club, so get out often. Since I got the Assault, I rarely use the yak on rivers. Speed...I would say about half the speed of the yak paddling slow pools on the river. It is an easy row and I don't find it an issue. The trade off with the fins...I did not understand how big the upside would be with the fins. On the yak, I make adjustments with the paddle and fish until I get too far off of the angle I want for casting and adjust again. With the fins, I found I was subconsciously moving my feet/fins slowly to keep me in position. Also kicking to move around. Contact with the water is a great advantage. I still use my yak on lakes to spot jump quickly.
    Patches...I have not needed one yet from rocks or bottom scraping. I can't see the need in the future either, as the craft material is thick and light.

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    Dave told me there are several layers with a layer of Kevlar in the mix. It is a tough skin.

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    Thanks to everyone for your interest, photos and input . I just ordered two Assault XX from Derek of NFO. It was a very pleasant experience and looking forward to getting it in the water. Will update later. Thanks again!! Also, this is an awesome forum!

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